Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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Important Reminder
Next Years Intern
This Sunday's Service
Sunday Services Team
Communications Team
Stone Garden
Time Capsule
Easter Egg Hunt
Behind the Kitchen Door
Mission Peak Events
Mental Health Ministry
Community Office Hours
Country Joe McDonald
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April 16, 2014


Greetings fellow Mission Peakers!


One of the activities that I've been fortunate to be involved with this year is the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality program for our middle schoolers. 


For those of you not familiar with it, OWL is a comprehensive human sexuality program that our teens participate in along with the teens at the San Jose Unitarian church.


This program was developed along with the United Church of Christ, and is considered part of the religious education for both of our denominations.


As some of you may be aware, I've been involved for years now in making sure that the FUSD has a comprehensive sex ed program. In addition, I'm a gynecologist, and can attest to the importance of this kind of education.


I have been lucky enough to be co-teaching the parents class with Michealle Havenhill. Our OWL program is unusual because we have a class for the parents to talk about what the kids are learning. 


It's so incredibly rewarding to be involved with a program that has such long term good effects for the participants. It also makes me proud to be part of a faith that supports this type of education.


In faith,


Important Reminder
flowers Bring a Flower this Sunday!
As part of our annual Flower Communion celebration, please remember to bring at least one flower with you to Mission peak UU this Sunday. Don't worry, if you forget or are unable to bring a flower, we will have extras.
Introducing Next Years Intern!
Meet Dawn Fortune

For the ten months between September of 2014 and June of 2015, Mission Peak UU will have our first Ministerial intern!  Our search committee made the selection after a nationwide search and they were thrilled when Dawn accepted the offer.

If you are interested in serving on Dawn's Ministerial Internship Committee, please contact board president Kathy Wallcave or Rev. Jeremy Nickel.

Here is a youtube introduction from Dawn Fortune:

Greetings to Mission Peak UU
Greetings to Mission Peak UU

This Sunday's Service - April 20, 2014

Annual Flower Communion!

The Flower Communion, celebrated in UU congregations around the world this month, is one of the few rituals that is completely unique to our movement.  


Reginald Zottoli wrote "The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community: it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community."


Come be reminded of this important truth through the beauty of flower, song, word and more!


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, DRE Laine Young  and Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Music will be provided by Jay Steele.

Today is an intergenerational service, which means all the children will attend the whole service, sitting with their parents.  Young children may go to the nursery.

*Also, please try and remember to bring a flower with you for the service!
Sunday Services Team

The Sunday Services Team needs help

We need one or preferably two volunteers to make coffee on the fourth Sunday of the month to replace Jen King.  Jen has been making coffee for quite some time and is now overwhelmed with other obligations.  Thank you Jen for all you do!
This job consists of preparing coffee and cleaning up after the coffee hour.  The job description is posted on the cabinet door and there will be someone who will train the new volunteer. If you are willing, please contact Ursel Bloxsom at dsbloxsom@aol.com or 510-656-3501.

We are also in dire need of aesthetics volunteers.  Our team found out that an inspection was made by the Fire Marshall who said we need to treat all decorative material with fire retardant if we keep the decorations up past the end of the service.  Since this would entail quite an amount of money and more volunteers, we decided to do aesthetics every week as we have always done it before. WE THEREFORE NEED 5 MORE VOLUNTEERS TO DO AESTHETICS. IT WOULD BE EASIER IF TWO PEOPLE WOULD WORK TOGETHER.  THIS IS A JOB FOR WHICH YOU CAN USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY.  So far we have 4 people for this job but not all can commit to do it once a month on a regular basis.  The materials and the job description are in one of the cabinets and, of course, we would help you at first.  

Communications Team

Communications Team


With all the various ways we have to communicate, it can be confusing to figure out which communication venue is used for what! If this is an investigation that sounds interesting to you, we are forming a team to take a look at how Mission Peak UU communicates, how can we improve, and are there things that should be consolidated. Please let Kathy Wallcave know if you would like to be part of this ad-hoc, short-term team. Kwallcave@gmail.com   

Stone Garden


A special thank you to the 10 volunteers who helped in the Stone Garden Sunday, April 13th! All of the cardboard and half of the soil mix have been laid down on the planting area (see photos) as we get ready for the Plant a Seedling event on May 17th.


What's next? Sow a Seed, Plant a Seedling:


Sow a Seed

Sunday, April 20th, 11:00-12:00pm

Sow seeds at Mission Peak as part of the Flower Service. We'll provide all the supplies; you and your family provide the fun! We'll send you home with the soon-to-be plants and instructions on how to take care of it while it grows.


Plant a Seeding

Saturday, May 17th, 1:00-3:00 pm or

Sunday, May 18th, 12:00-2:00 pm

Plant your seedlings at the Stone Garden:

55 Mowry Avenue (corner of Mowry Avenue and Mission Blvd.; next to Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic). Please park behind the clinic. Bring your seedling(s) to the garden. Remember to work safely: wear work gloves, work boots, shade hats, and sunscreen!


Get details and the latest information by subscribing to the garden volunteer list (sent once a week):



Questions? Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com or 650-346-8601

 Mission Peak UU Time Capsule

Help fill our time capsule!


We are creating a time capsule for Mission Peak UU's 20th birthday!  If you have any items you would like to contribute to this project, please bring them to church.  We will be collecting items until the 20th Anniversary Sunday (May 4th).  If you have any questions, please contact Laine Young at dre@mpuuc.org.  Thank you!
 Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt This Sunday


There will be an egg hunt for children up to 5th grade after service this Sunday!  No basket is needed as we will be decorating bags.  Please make sure your kiddos are wearing shoes they can run around outside in and bring sunblock if necessary.  If you have any questions about the egg hunt, please contact Laine Young at dre@mpuuc.org.
 Religious Education

 What Do You See For Our Religious Education?


We would like for everyone to take a few minutes to answer a few questions about the children's religious education program at Mission Peak UU. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2GK3YVR

The survey will be open until April 30th.  Your answers will help us as we are re-envisioning and reshaping the religious education experience at Mission Peak UU. Bonus!  There is a chance to win 1 of 4 gift card prizes as a thank you for answering the survey.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Laine Young at dre@mpuuc.org

Behind the Kitchen Door
Dinner and Discussion - Important update! 

Join Andrew Dean & Marsha Parker for dinner (or dessert).  They  still plan to lead a discussion about the book "Behind the Kitchen Door" on April 29 & May 13 (2 classes -Tuesdays 7 p.m.), however the second class will take place at a restaurant to be decided. Better sign up soon - we may need to make reservations.  Scholarships will be available to those who cannot afford eat out. If you care to join us for this dining adventure, be sure to register for the class with the Adult RE committee or speak to one of the facilitators, and then attend the first class at which the venue for the second class will be revealed!  Of course it will help to have read (or at least skimmed) the book so acquire one asap! 

"Behind the Kitchen Door,"  by Saru Jayaraman and Eric Schlosser, list restaurants with better labor practices and provide criteria for making better choices after describing how restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America and how poor working conditions - discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens - affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables. The authors explore the political, economic, and moral implications of eating out. What's at stake when we choose a restaurant is not only our own health or "foodie" experience but also the health and well-being of the 10 million people -many immigrants and many people of color - who bring passion, tenacity, and insight into the American dining experience.

Eating out can be fun AND ethical!  So read the book and join us for dinner and discussion.
Mission Peak UU Events

Mission Peak UU Is Having A Birthday!!

Mission Peak UU is turning 20 and we are planning a big celebration weekend!  More details will be communicated in the coming weeks, but for now, PLEASE put the following dates/times on your calendar:

Friday, May 2 - 6:00 pm - Cole Hall - Pizza Potluck Party!  We will provide the pizza and the ice cream.  You provide the salads, sides, beverages, etc.  This will also be a game night and accoustic jam session so bring your games, instruments, voices, etc. and come hang out and enjoy some fun with your Mission Peak UU friends & family.

Saturday, May 3 - 9:00-1:00 p.m. - Work Party at the Stone Garden.  We will have jobs/activities for all ages and skill/activity levels.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking. 

Saturday, May 3 - 1:00-4:30 p.m. - BBQ & Concert at the Stone Garden.  After working in the garden in the morning, join Mission Peak UU friends & family for a fun afternoon of food, live music, and fun.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking. 

Sunday, May 4 - 10:00 a.m. - Join us for a birthday themed service and celebration complete with cake and ice cream.


Mission Peak UU's Annual Sunday Salon Needs You!!

Mission Peak UU's annual Sunday Salon will be held at Cole Hall on Sunday, May 18 from 2:00-4:00.  The Sunday Salon is a chance for Mission Peak UU members and friends to showcase their talents. Do you sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Read poetry? Tell jokes? Paint? Take photographs? Weave? Whatever you do to feed your inner artist, if you want to share it with us, we want to experience it. This is an excellent opportunity for all artists/entertainers no matter your age or experience level.  We also need lots of enthusiastic audience members.  If you are interested in participating in the Sunday Salon as a performer or exhibitor, please contact Jay Steele.


Mission Peak UU Baseball Sunday - Save The Date!!
Opening day of the 2014 major league baseball season was Monday and what better time to announce that this year's Mission Peak UU Baseball Sunday will be June 22!!  After a fun 'baseball themed' service a group of us will be BARTing up to see the Oakland A's play the Boston Red Sox.  More information will be coming out soon about how you can purchase tickets, but for now, make sure you save the date!  If you have any questions, please contact Jen King.


Mission Peak UU Camping Trip - Save The Date!!
Our annual Mission Peak UU camping trip is a fabulous community building event with lots of fun, games, great company & conversation, and all the s'mores you can eat.  This year's campout will be held June 27-29 at the Chabot Campground in Oakland (the Poma Point Group Site to be exact).  The cost is $8 per person.  Check-in is anytime after 2:00 on Friday and check-out is noon on Sunday.  Everyone brings their own food.  Saturday night dinner will be a potluck.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen King.
Mental Health Ministry

Mental Health Ministry - Class on Involuntary Psychiatric Commitment

There will be a class about involuntary hold for psychiatric treatment organized by the Family Education and Resource Center (FERC). It is entitled 5150 Training for Families and Community.  Rev. Barbara Meyers has attended this class and can attest that it is an excellent way to learn about the 5150 process. Speakers will include members of the police departments, the patient's rights advocates and the county crisis response program.


Date: May 28, 2014

Time: Registration Opens: 9 am

Training starts: 9:30 am

Location: Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont, Building H800, Pacific Room


RSVP is required because of limited space and training materials.


To register, call FERC at 510-746-1700.

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming schedule

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.

Thursday, April 24
11 AM - 1 PM
Suju's (New Location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd

Wednesday, May 7
11 AM - 1 PM
7324 Thornton Ave

Thursday, May 22
11 AM - 1 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd
Country Joe McDonald
An Evening with Country Joe McDonald

Enjoy an evening with Country Joe McDonald on Saturday, May 10 as a benefit for the UU Fellowship of Berkeley.
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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